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AZED No. 2,117 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on January 6th, 2013

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly tough today, 8/10.

There is a lot going on in the clues, which I think collectively, shows most of the Azed style.

Across
1. Stage laugh, reverse of demure, greeting start of knockabout (4)
YOCK (COY<)+K(nockabout)
4. Disquiet with nomad registering measure of certain rays (8)
ANGSTROM ANGST+ROM
10. What for him is oily is shoved into gearbox slots (9)
GARAGISTE (RAG IS) in GATE
12. Grass field lass goes round, bordering river (6)
LEA-RIG (GIRL<) around EA
13. Soak bit of aubergine in yoghurty dish (5)
RAITA RAIT+A(ubergine)
15. Green lawn after treatment for yellow flower (any of several) (6)
GOWLAN GO[green!]+(LAWN*)
16. The old take horse from trough in riding to ‘ounds (6)
UNCOLT COL in [h]‘UNT
17. Large many-seeded berry? Go on! (4)
PEPO PEP[go]+O’
19. The world of hoodlums, 4 supplemented with pike variously placed! (11)
GANGSTERDOM GED[pike] placed variously on/in 4ac ANGSTROM
20. Not having much underfoot, unsteady legs slide on (11)
SINGLE-SOLED (LEGS SLIDE ON)*
24. Cat has nothing to swallow in tip (4)
TOOM O in TOM
25. It’s among beaches I list as novel one (6)
CHESIL hidden: beaCHES I List
27. Comic creatures from USSR (FM broadcast (6)
SMURFS (USSR FM)*
29. One shunned by society in past given haven by Connecticut (5)
CAGOT AGO in CT
30. Dash in (old-style) philistine battle-cry? (6)
ENDART pun on ‘END ART!’ as a philistine would perhaps shout
31. Editor immersed in cloud, poetically blessed (9)
BENEDIGHT ED in BENIGHT
32. See Tarpeian rock for one at odds with Rome? (8)
PATARINE (TARPEIAN)*
33. Punch without fifth ingredient, treat for those skiing off-piste? (4)
NEVE NEVE(l)
Down
1. An ugly totty on street gave old-fashioned leer (8)
YGLAUNST (AN UGLY*)+ST
2. Army chief hosts regiment hooley? (5)
CRAIC RA in CIC
3. Ron Kray, not the first banged up in part of cell (6)
KARYON ((r)ON KRAY)*
4. Stock-jobbing, contagious in part (4)
AGIO hidden: contAGIOus
5. Things will appear strange and sanity lose its head when it’s dark? (11)
NIGHT-SEASON (THINGS*)+(r)EASON
6. Took steps, somewhat diffuse by the sound of it (6)
STRODE homophone: STROWED
7. Old disturbed with ire, annoyed (6)
ROILED (OLD+IRE)*
8. Company got up to dance, lyric, with four pairs of feet (9)
OCTAPODIC (CO<)+TAP+ODIC
9. Complaint from fellow with nothing inside (4)
MOAN MAN around O
11. Board of a sort at fringes of Chester ground? The Durham one, anyway (11, 2 words)
SIGHT SCREEN SIGN around (CHESTER*) and a sort of &LIT with reference to cricket
personally, I think this is a bit contrived trying to make it a cricket related &lit
14. Good placement for Douglas in anatomy, with adult tumours (9)
ANGIOMATA ((G+I.O.M.) in ANAT)+A
18. Abstaining in love affray – it involves breakage inevitably! (8)
OMELETTE TT in (O+MELEE)
21. Former cipher, not hard but advanced – it takes some chewing over (6)
NOUGAT NOUGHT with ‘A’ for ‘H’
22. What’s used in clearing hazards, not wholly full of terrors? (6)
LOFTER hidden: fulL OF TERrors – nice cryptic definition of a ‘chipping’ golf club
23. There’s little English in Romance language introduction (6)
LEAD-IN E in LADIN
26. Metal-worker’s tool responsible for part of VW’s interior? (5)
SWAGE indirect hidden: volkSWAGEn
27. Atlantic fish: head to tail it qualifies for prizes (4)
SCUP pun: would become ‘CUPS’ if the ‘S’ is moved to the front
28. Almost submerged with waves (4)
UNDE UNDE(r)
 

4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,117 Plain”

  1. Norman Hall says:

    Thanks for the blog, and thanks to Azed for the puzzle.

    re 11 down
    “Board of a sort at fringes of Chester ground?” would be an excellent &lit as it is.
    Adding “The Durham one, anyway” seems to turn it into one of those clues where the crypic and definition parts overlap.

    Azed may have done it because Durham is a County Championship side and Chester/Cheshire is not, and the reference to cricket becomes more obvious. However, there are obviously sightscreens on Chester grounds, so it was unnecessary.

  2. RCWhiting says:

    Thanks all
    I,too, thought this was on the tough side.
    I found the top half, particularly the NW corner, especially hard.
    Despite that my last in was ‘neve’.

  3. Thomas99 says:

    The Durham ground is at Chester-le-Street (perhaps it’s obvious but nobody actually mentioned it at the time). That’s the joke in 11d. It’s a partial &lit. – all definition, but not all wordplay. I liked it.

  4. Nick says:

    Thomas99:

    I didn’t know that, not being a cricket fan.

    Now, re-reading the clue, yes it does work very well – but surely it is a very specialised clue that should appear in a ‘cricket fan mag’ and not a newspaper.

    Where does it all stop with ‘ungeneral’ knowledge?

    Nick

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